Catholic Schools – Radiating hope for the future
Catholic schools are called to be establishments of hope and to be responsive to the emerging socio-economic, political, religious and cultural structures that face them. By being a force for good in a world that does not always respect the vision of the Gospel, the Catholic school can “enrich the faith of the Christian community and contribute to the promotion of excellence in the nation.” (Pope John Paul II, 2004 ad limina visit NZ Bishops.)
Catholic schools proclaim the virtue of hope, which is fundamental to the future of our society. We are, in the words of Pope John Paul II, called upon “to be people who live with gratitude for the past, enthusiasm for the present and hope for the future.” (Novo Millenio Ineunte, No. 1, 2000)
Criteria for Preference of Enrolment in Integrated Catholic Schools
The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or god-parent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
Agents of the Bishop, who may sign the Certificate on his behalf:
- Parish Priests
- Assistant Priests
- Priests appointed under canon 517/1
- Deacons and lay persons appointed to pastoral care under canon 517/2
- Ethnic chaplains who liase with parish priests or their delegate
- Local committees appointed by the Bishop or by any of the above agents of the Bishop